Python Virtual Environments, Testing Environments and Markdown Strikethrough

I spent part of this afternoon fixing things in my PDF splitter code.

  • I learnt about virtual environments and the various choices available in Python. This was the most useful overview. I ended up choosing pipenv which is also outlined here. It installs a Pipfile in your directory which is an equivalent to the old requirements.txt that was previously used. This means that whenever you use pip to install a new package, it’ll remember and update the file accordingly.
  • For testing, I ended up holding off for the moment. It wasn’t immediately apparent which of the various testing suites I should be using and the examples given in places like this used strange syntax. I’ll have to tackle this later, but for now I’m putting it on hold.
  • I learnt that you can make some text strikethrough (EXAMPLE) in Markdown by enclosing the text in two tildes (~~).
  • I read about application layouts / structures and made some initial decisions about what files to include in my project. Some of this is overkill for where I am currently, but soon enough this project will expand and I’ll need a standard structure format.

Tomorrow I want to start working on my regex search-and-rename function. I’ll start by figuring out the right regex string to use for my search, then I’ll figure out how to add in into my script.